Almond Places 8th at Nationals, Earns All-American Honors.

Almond Places 8th at Nationals, Earns All-American Honors.

CLEVELAND, Oh. - Kevin Almond represented the Emmanuel College men's wrestling team at the NCAA DII National Championship this weekend at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In the 157 pound class, Almond was paired up against tough competition and battled his way to an 8th place National finish earning the title of the first male All-American for Emmanuel College. 

In his first bout, Almond was paired against 2x All-American Blake Clevenger of Drury University. Almond won by decision 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinal match, Almond faced returning national finalist Matt Malcolm of Nebraska-Kearney. Almond struggled to get his offense going until late in the match, falling behind in points. Malcolm went on to win by tech and eventually would win the national championship.

With his loss to Malcolm, Almond had one last opportunity to earn a spot on the podium with a consolation match against Corey Falleroni of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Almond scored two takedowns in the second period to make a comeback and earn his title as an All-American.

Almond's final bout saw him faced against Austin Palmer of Newberry College. Palmer captured the victory by fall, placing Almond in 8th place overall at the National Tournament.

"Kevin did a good job today, stayed focused and came through in the blood rounds after a tough loss." Coach Davis said. "He battled back and became our first All-American."

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